WEBSITE FOR TRAVELERS WITH DISABILITIES
A website that aims to be a comprehensive resource for travelers with disabilities is looking for consumers to contribute reviews rating the accessibility of hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues.
The site, brettapproved.com, named for its founder Brett Heising, already has hundreds of reviews online. But the site is looking for more user-generated content, with an emphasis on how well destinations accommodate travelers with physical disabilities and mobility impairments.
The website's goal is to help people regardless of their disability travel confidently. Heising would like to see the site become a go-to for travelers with disabilities with as much reach as sites like TripAdvisor and Yelp have for the general public.
Heising came up with the idea for the website after a San Francisco hotel promised him a room with a roll-in shower for his wheelchair but did not have the room for him when he arrived. Heising, who lives in Phoenix, was born with cerebral palsy. Details at http://www.brettapproved.com/ .
LONDON'S ROLLING STONES ITINERARY
You can't always get what you want, but a fan of the Rolling Stones got more than he expected on a trip to London when band members showed up to meet him.
New Yorker Alex Emanuel, a big fan of the Stones, was invited by the tourism agency VisitLondon to make a trip to see places connected to the band. He was visiting a show about the Stones at London's Saatchi Gallery called "Exhibitionism" when he found himself face to face with band members Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood.
The trip and the meeting were part of a promotion by the tourism agency VisitLondon. Details at http://www.visitlondon.com/fans/music .
Emanuel also visited Edith Grove, Chelsea, where the Stones lived together; Regents Sounds in Denmark Street where they cut their first few albums; the 100 Club where they played an impromptu gig in 1982, and Olympic Studios, where "Sympathy for the Devil" was recorded.
Other sites suggested for Stones fans by VisitLondon include Sounds of the Universe record shop in Soho; Hyde Park, where the band played in 1969 and to mark their 50 years together; and Royal Albert Hall, where they played alongside the Beatles in 1963.
"Exhibitionism" remains on view until Sept. 4.
JACKIE ROBINSON SCULPTURE IN LOUISVILLE
A sculpture of Jackie Robinson has been unveiled at the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory in Louisville, Kentucky.
Robinson was the first African-American to play major league baseball, breaking the color barrier when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.
The sculpture joins statues of other baseball legends at the museum: Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Ken Griffey Jr., and Derek Jeter.
A performer will offer a portrayal of Robinson several times a week at the Slugger Museum this summer.
The museum also has on display a number of artifacts connected to Robinson, including a bat he used, his signed contract, archival photographs and other memorabilia.
The installation of the Jackie Robinson sculpture coincides with Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory's 20th anniversary year.
Details at http://sluggermuseum.com/whats-happening/jackie-robinson-sculpture-unveiled/ .